River users, expect delays starting this weekend from Snake River South Section work

JACKSON, Wyo. — River users will be delayed starting this Sunday, April 11, for roughly a week while the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and contract crews set girders in the Snake River. The Sunday start date is dependent on the availability of cranes and weather conditions.

River users are advised that flaggers will be stationed on the river to pull float traffic over during times when the girders are being set. This work could take up to an hour as crews install hundreds of bolts on each end of the girder while the crane holds the weight.

There are no set times for this river traffic delay. Work will pause for the Pole, Pedal, Paddle race. WYDOT and contract crews will suspend work in the river so that the competition can proceed unobstructed.

WYDOT advises that river users be aware of a rapid that has formed at the bridge, due to the work. They ask users to proceed with caution and utilize all safety equipment and practices when accessing the area.  When the work platform has been removed after April 15, the river will return to its normal flow.

In addition, the recent spring weather has affected work on US 26/89/189/191, the Snake River South Section and drivers should expect delays.  Delays of up to 20 minutes are possible within the project limits, with the exception of between the hours of  6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. when traffic can flow freely for commuting.

WYDOT is asking motorists to plan accordingly, leave early and allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.

WYDOT would like to remind drivers to remember to obey all roadside signs, traffic control devices and closures.  For more information on highway load restrictions, visit:  http://www.wyoroad.info/Highway/Restrictions.html.

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Jacob Gore was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. As a proud Wyomingite, he loves to share his home with visitors from around the world. Spending years in Jackson and Alaska as an interpretive nature guide, he remains a photographer, traveler, storyteller, and avid hobbyist of all-things outdoors. Jacob enjoys bridging the connection between Jackson and the rest of the state.

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